The Spring Hill College women's soccer team dominated NCAA Division 2 opponent Delta State University in a 6-0 victory on Saturday at Library Field.
Sophomore forward Allison Akers of Houston, Texas, scored twice and added an assist while junior goalkeeper Emma Pitchford of Ridgeland, Miss., took her third shutout of the year.
Spring Hill controlled the action throughout much of the first period and led 1-0 at the intermission off an Akers goal via an assist by sophomore Katie Pendergast of St. Louis, Mo., in the 19th minute. Akers lofted a lovely chip shot over the keeper's outstretched arms that slipped under the crossbar.
The Badgers began to pour on the offense in the second half, scoring five goals off 18 shot attempts. Junior Jade Beason of Cincinnati, Ohio, began the onslaught with a goal off an Akers assist in the 49th minute. Beason lifted a nifty right-to-left shot past a leaping keeper that found the inside of the left goalpost.
Just 51 seconds later freshman Savanna Sablich of Roswell, Ga., scored her first career goal off a one-on-one breakaway. Akers would score again in the 56th minute with an assist by freshman midfielder Sara Uptmor of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Uptmor then added her first career goal in the 65th minute and Pendergast closed the scoring in the 79th minute off an assist by junior midfielder Jessica Makowski of Crestview, Fla., to end the game 6-0.
Pitchford faced just six shot attempts and made three saves in the win while, on the other side of the field, freshman Sam Le Jeune for DSU (2-4) recorded 12 saves against a total of 32 Badger shot attempts.
Spring Hill (4-4) will open Gulf Coast Athletic Conference play on Wednesday with a home match versus Belhaven College (4-2-1) at 4 p.m. on Library Field.